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Chief Mate (Unlimited) Post HND - Examination Route

About this course

 This course enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification by the SQA exam route. Candidates will receive tuition in Command Management, NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses, preparation for the SQA exams in Navigation and Ship Stability, and MCA oral exams. 

Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in Proficiency in Medical Care. This certificate must be no older than five years. If not already held, the course can be undertaken at the academy outside of the main course.

Once a Chief Mate CoC has been achieved, candidates must complete 36 months' watchkeeping service while holding an OOW Unlimited II/1 CoC before taking the exam for Master certification. This period may be reduced to 24 months of such seagoing service has been served as Chief Mate while holding a Chief Mate Unlimited II/2 CoC.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

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Apply online for 7 January 2019

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Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 5015 

Our office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course information

Next available date

Monday 7 January 2019


15 weeks






  • HND Nautical Science.
  • Minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper).
  • A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

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